Taste Aussie Shiraz with Tony
What is Aussie Shiraz?
On Wednesday, February 23, there is an opportunity for Australian Wine
Society Members to answer this question. Shiraz is still the most widely
planted red grape in Australia since the 19th century, when cuttings were
first brought from the Rhone Valley Syrah vines in France.
Shiraz grows very well in most Australian wine regions, plus there are
a healthy amount of old Shiraz vines producing the traditional spicy,
concentrated wines that have made Australia famous. If you are an Aussie
Shiraz fan, this is the night for you.
Basically, there are four styles of Australian Shiraz: the black pepper/spice
Rhone Valley styles of Central and Southern Victoria; the lush, concentrated,
dense wines of the Barossa Valley; the smooth red cherry and mint styles
of Coonawarra and the Clare Valley (big shiraz styles with longevity);
and the earthy, velvety reds of the Hunter Valley in New South Wales.
We will be exploring some of these styles on February 23rd at the Albany
Club of Toronto. Here's the line-up:
- 1998 Hugo, McLaren Vale, South Australia
- 1998 Hamilton Centurian, Willunga, McLaren Vale, South Australia
- 1998 Pikes Reserve, Seven Hill, Clare Valley, South Australia
- 1998 Rosemount Hill of Gold, Mudgee Region, New South Wales
- 1998 Vasse Felix, Wilyabrup, Margaret River Region, Western Australia
- 1998 St. Mary's, Coonawarra, South Australia
- 1998 Mitchelton's "Thomas Mitchell," Nagambie, Victoria
- 1998 Charles Melton, Tanunda, Barossa Valley, South Australia
The evening starts at 6:30 with a reception wine and appetizers. We are
very pleased that Toronto's "Wine Guy," Tony Aspler, will be
leading the tasting for this evening. Tony has been active in the world
of wines since 1964, is a well respected wine judge, wrote for the Toronto
Star for 21 years and is co-founder of the charitable organization
Grapes for Humanity. We look forward to having him leading this event.
The Annual Shiraz Tasting is always a sellout, so reserve quickly.
We look forward to seeing you at the prestigious Toronto Albany Club.
The club is located at 91 King Street East at Church.
For information on tickets and on the Australian Wine Society, visit